THE TRANSITION HANDBOOK: from oil dependence to local resilience
by Rob Hopkins
“If your town is not yet a Transition Town, here is guidance for making it one. We have little time, and much to accomplish.” – Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute, Santa Rosa, California, author of Power Down
We live in an oil-dependent world, and have got to this level of dependency in a very short space of time, using vast reserves of oil in the process without planning for when the supply is not so plentiful. Most people don’t want to think about what happens when the oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive effect. They can lead to the rebirth of local communities, which will generate their own fuel, food and housing. They can encourage the development of local currencies, to keep money in the local area. They can unleash a local ‘skilling up’, so that people take back control over their lives.
The Transition Handbook clearly shows the immediacy of the need to deal with the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change. It is also a manual which will guide communities to begin their ‘energy descent’ journey. The argument is upbeat and positive, as well as utterly convincing.
The Author: Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Network, has long been aware of the implications of our oil-dependent status, and has been energetically campaigning to increase awareness of its impact, having successfully created an Energy Descent Plan for Kinsale in Ireland which was later adopted as policy by the town council. He now lives in Totnes in Devon, the first Transition Town in the UK, from where he co-ordinates the Transition Network. He won the 2009 Observer Ethical Award. His website is www.transitionculture.org.
ISBN 978 1 900322 18 8
233 x 233mm
240 pages in two colours
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A 12-PAGE LEAFLET ABOUT THE BOOK HERE
THE TRANSITION HANDBOOK IS NOW ONLY AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK: it is available online for the Amazon Kindle, and also in ePub and PDF versions.
In October 2011 we will be publishing THE TRANSITION COMPANION also by Rob Hopkins, which updates the Transition story, presents a new approach to Transition and draws on the experience of Transition initiatives worldwide.